The weekend is fast-approaching (don’t we all just love post-long-weekend short weeks?!) and the weather looks like it might actually cooperate with our outdoor adventure plans! So, in case you haven’t made them just yet, here are a few ideas for fun, day-long weekend activities for the whole family for July 8-9:
Weekend Activities – Saturday, July 8th
One idea for the upcoming weekend will send you and your family to the city core for a dose of performance art & culture. And some food, naturally!
The Toronto Fringe Festival, the city’s biggest theatre festival is on and this year it has a free Clubhouse dedicated to children! It is a place where kids and their families can enjoy play stations, dance, drama and art workshops, costumes, puppets and many activities for a creative play time for the whole family. And while there, you could catch a children’s show too, for only $5 for kids 12 and under (free for babies-in-arms). Both the clubhouse and all the performances are located at the George Ignatieff Theatre, at 15 Devonshire Place (Bloor & St. George area).
When done with your fringing for the day, head down to Queen West’s Café Crêpe and enjoy some amazing traditional Parisian crêpes – they come in both (mouth watering!) savory and sweet options, suitable for any meal, and the french setting and decor will make you feel like you and your family are vacationing in Paris!
A short walk from there and you will reach David Pecaut Square, where the Carnival Night Market, a part of the Toronto Caribbean Festival is on throughout the weekend. It is a place where Creole, Spanish, and Jamaican communities display their creativity of artistes and pay tribute to the Caribbean Festival founders with “Rum ‘n Reggae”, music and of course, food! The event will also include a three-day exhibition of Carnival and historical artifacts at Metro Hall.
This will make for an entertaining, arts-filled kind of day, with fun & creative activities for every family member!
Weekend Activities – Sunday, July 9
Our Sunday suggestion will take you to the city’s East End. One of the largest festivals in Toronto is happening this weekend in Scarborough – The Taste Of Lawrence. With over 130 vendors, it is promising to be every foodie’s dream, while the two entertainment stages offer plenty of live performances throughout the weekend. The midway rides and amusements will keep your kids entertained throughout the day, while the Family stage will offer a variety of magic and theatre shows, circus, hip-hop, capoeira and a variety of fun acts for the children.
Stretching on Lawrence Ave from Warden to Birchmont it is TTC accessible and absolutely worth the trip!
For families who don’t live in the East York/Scarborough area but are making the trip especially for the Taste of Lawrence and want to make a day of it – guess what is only a 15min drive away from the festival?! The Ontario Science Centre! You could start your adventure there, with a Solar Observing session (available July 8th), join the KidSpark for some science on the go, check out the state-of-the-art planetarium, enter the aging machine and discover the great Canadian stories behind transformational inventions.
So if you start your day at the OSC and continue on to The Taste of Lawrence, it would definitely make for a great mix of education, fun, food and culture packed kind of day, for both parents and kids.
Check out these Mommy and Baby Activities in Toronto!
Feature photo by Karen Chappell